Edrington RFC pull through for a win over Camp Hill 3rd XV
By Phillip Hanford
Erdington RFC continue their winning ways
Today saw Erdington RFC take on local rivals Camp Hill RFC's 3rd XV.
The two previous encounters had seen Erdington lose to a well drilled Camp Hill side.
However, today was a very different story!
Two quickly scored tries from David Owen and Thomas Slack, duly converted by Daniel Moran, settled the home team down considerably and set them onto a path of a great game.
Camp Hill responded with a converted try of their own, however, this did little to slow the home side down.
The team had bonded well and were excelling in the game.
A further two tries from Phil Cleghorne and paul Emery, again deftly slotted between the posts by the reliable boot of Daniel Moran, saw the home side edge their lead to 33-7.
Disaster struck within minutes of Half-Time, the referee, John Baker, pulled his calf muscle and was forced to retire from the game.
Thankfully, Simon Bloxham of Camp Hill jumped to the rescue and swiftly offered to referee the rest of the game.
Once play resumed Camp hill quickly closed the score book at Half Time, with a converted try of their own, at 33-14
The game was, however, to be one of two very different halves.
Camp Hill made some excellent tactical changes which completely changed the way they played the game.
They came out of the blocks with renewed vigour and swiftly added a converted to their score tally.
The home side responded with a try from newcomer Matthius Harewood, again converted by Daniel Moran.
The reinvigorated Camp Hill took this in their stride and proceeded to put two tries over the line, one converted, to close the gap considerably to 40-33.
ashley prosser put another try onto the scoreboard for the home side, assisted by Steve Murray who intercepted a Camp Hill pass and burst into open space behind the Camp Hill line, score extended to 45-33.
Camp Hill took this on the chin and swiftly added another try of their own to close the gap to a converted try, 45-38.
With 10 minutes to go David Owen was cited for a trip on Camp Hills winger, earning himself a sin bin for the remainder of the game.
The penalty tap was efficiently fed across the Camp Hill back line to see their number 7 dot the ball down over the line.
Camp Hill came up for their conversion to tie the score, but sent the ball wide.
Erdington put the pressure on for the final play of the game but could not penetrate the oppositions 22.
The last play of the game saw the ball kicked out from a line out.
Final score Erdington RFC 45 - 43 Camp Hill RFC 3rd XV
Erdington RFC give thanks to Simon Bloxham, without whom this game could not have gone on